None of these little ones have ever been to the city, and besides our family trips to the coast most had never been out of the Takeo Province we live in. Needless to say they were super excited! They counted down the days for the entire week before, reminding/confirming that we were going on Friday, yes? Are you sure? I go? Friday?
This trip was to be totally unproductive for Wat Opot, which I realized in advance. Only 2 errands were worked into our schedule and they were completed before lunch. First off, we picked up a small used table which we now use at our nightly study hour, then we were off to pick up Walt and Rozy at the Golden Gate Hotel. We figured if they were going to stay with us for a month, why not have them meet part of the gang on their way to Opot.
Because we were early (probably due to the kids clamoring into the van and hollering at me to go, as soon as it arrived at Wat Opot) we had some time to wait for Walt and Rozy to come down. The kids explored the lobby and the boys had an interesting time using the urinal in the men’s restroom (after I grabbed the hands of one of them when they tried to use it as a sink. No! that deodorizer in the urinal is not a bar of soap!).
I could see it moving down so we waited and when the doors opened there was Rozy. She confirmed what I had told them and then invited them for a ride. The tension was high when we all crammed into the small ‘room’. They counted the numbers going up and when the doors opened they finally believed what had happened. We went back down and headed to our 2nd and last errand. (Walt and Rozy weren’t an errand!)
We went to the Gardens outside the Royal Palace where we were to buy a hair clippers from a guy selling one he no longer needed. Photo’s ops at the gardens.
Then of course Lunch at Big Brother Pisei’s Place, where Pisei showed them the basics of eating a burger.
Then photo ops at Pisei’s.
After waiting out the rain at Pisei’s we went to the book store so they could all pick up a reading or color book. They weren’t so impressed with the elevator there, been there done that I guess. Then it was on to Restore One Café to check out our jewelry and get ICE CREAM!
THEN for our final adventure of the day…games of course, oh and the infamous escalator ride.
Quick naps in the van as we didn’t make it as a long a day as the older kids and we were back at home with lots of adventure stories to share. And for the 1st and 2nd graders to start asking when it will be their turn. Hmmm….
Thanks to all of you who make it possible for us to live and work together in the Wat Opot Children’s Community!